Dogs of the Blogs
DOGS OF THE BLOGS: Margaritas in the Rain
Copy: Serena Faber Nelson
Pet lifestyle expert Serena Faber-Nelson is the founder of Pretty Fluffy. A contributor to Everyday with Rachael Ray, Modern Dog Magazine, Cesars Way and more; her modern, stylized take on DIY dog treats has seen her recipes viewed millions of times over.
Serena is the author of the go-to dog mom bible, Dog Mama, and the popular dog treat recipe book, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats.
Do we have a treat for you today! And by treat, I mean meeting the wonderful Marisa and Lola from Margaritas in the Rain – as well as a fabulous DIY Dog Treat recipe whipped up by Marisa just for Pretty Fluffy! Say hi to the talented pair…
Who: Marisa and Lola
Where: Margaritas In The Rain
In A Nutshell: I’m originally from Hawaii but now live with my husband and pooch in Portland, Oregon. I make approachable recipes – with an island twist! I also post restaurant reviews and travel stories.
Why did you start blogging?
I didn’t think I was going to survive my first winter in Portland. It rains a lot here – and everyone kept asking me why in the world I would have left Hawaii. But eventually I found things to look forward to, despite the rain. Cocktails with friends happens to be one of those things. I started Margaritas In The Rain in 2010 as both a creative outlet and as a means to document my food (and drink) adventures. I thought it would be a short-lived phase; that I’d eventually run out of things to write about. Three years later, I’m still blogging up a storm! I call it my passion project, since I also work a full-time job.
Tell us about Lola…
It seems ridiculous now, but before Lola, I used to say I wasn’t a “dog person.” My husband grew up with dogs and literally begged for one for years before I finally gave in – with the stipulation that the puppy wouldn’t be allowed in our bedroom. Fast forward… and now I’m happy to admit that not only does Lola sleep IN our bed, but we actually snuggle every night (my husband gets jealous!). Needless to say, I can admit I’m a total dog person now. Lola showed me that dogs are more than just animals. She’s a member of our family, and although she can be feisty, she’s also a little lover. I simply can’t get enough of her. Look at that face, seriously.
If you had to describe Lola in three words, you’d say….
Energetic. Affectionate. Chewer of expensive shoes.
If Lola was a superhero what would her name and power be?
That’s an easy one – she would be Lola the Squirrel Chaser – a dog with the ability to climb trees to reach squirrels. The squirrels in our neighborhood tease her from up in the trees, and it drives her INSANE!
How is Lola involved in your blog?
Although I primarily write about food, my posts often mention my husband and Lola because they are such a big part of my life and culinary adventures. I’ve also created several recipes for Lola, including Homemade Dog Treats and Puppy’s 1st Birthday Donuts, which have both been a big hit!
Marisa’s Top 5 Pretty and Fluffy picks…
1. Hunter Boots – Because walking your dog in the rain is no fun, but slipping on Hunter Boots makes it a little better. And it rains a lot in Oregon!
2. Aloha Print Collars – My sister us this collar for Christmas, and Lola loves it!
3. Poster – Truth.
4. Wedding Coordinates Bracelet – To remind me of our special day!
5. Lipstick is one of my favorite accessories – Bobbi Brown’s Rose Blossom has been my go-to for the last two years and I still love it.
Pumpkin Squirrel Dog Treats
Recipe by Margaritas In The Rain
Recipes makes approximately 18 cookies – enough to share with all of the pooches in your life!
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 banana, mashed
½ cup canned pumpkin
¼ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300. Mix all ingredients together. Add more flour (in small amounts) if too sticky. Sprinkle flour over cutting board and roll dough out to desired thickness. Stamp with squirrel cookie cutters – I got mine here. Add to parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let treats cool completely before sharing them with fido.
Copy: Serena Faber Nelson